Economic control is a tactic used by abusive leaders or groups to maintain power and control over their members.
Mega-church Pastor Creflo Dollar wants a $65 million jet and more fish stories defending the exorbitant expense Mega-church Pastor Creflo Dollar has been in the news lately. Earlier this month, he sent out an appeal for 200,000 to donate $300 each so he could purchase a $65 million jet. A Creflo Dollar spokesperson said in… Continue reading “That’s the Jesus I follow. I don’t know WHO Creflo Dollar is preaching about”
*** Pastor Mike Sperou of North Clackamas Bible Community will get his day in court: indicted on three counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration of a child under the age of 12 *** *** Last week, a much-anticipated church sex abuse story came out in the media. I've posted a lot of stories here - quite… Continue reading Pastor Mike Sperou Will Have His Day in Court: Seven Women Come forward with Sexual Abuse Allegations
* * * We've spent the last several days discussing a variety of issues stemmed from Brenda's very important topic of institutional churches failing to meet the real needs of their people who are suffering abuse. Quite a bit of the conversation shifted to the subject that church as an institution… Continue reading What Does Non-Institutionalized Church Look Like?
Tithing has not been a topic that I've discussed and to be honest, I really haven't researched it much in the past, but here are some links I found very quickly (and I don't know anything about them): The Truth about Tithing Tithing: The Great False Doctrine The Tithing Debate It is a topic… Continue reading Spiritual Abuse: Pastor Uses Shame and Humiliation to Elicit Tithes
I don't usually do this, but this article is just beautiful and . . . radical. It comes from Wade Burleson who pastors Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma. You can hear his sermons each week at EChurch at the The Wartburg Watch blog. Thankful for Giving at Thanksgiving Emmanuel Enid receives offerings in our four… Continue reading The Offering Plate